Most high-powered batteries have a number of highly toxic materials including the metal cadmium.
Dr Adam Dyker, an emerging leader in environmentally friendly battery technology, has a method for replacing those toxic compounds with entirely organic ones.
The chemicals he is using are composed of elements naturally found in humans, animals and plants. Disposing of his batteries may have virtually no effect on the environment.
He is also collaborating with NBIF portfolio company KnowCharge on the the development of batteries based on conductive paper. So far the company has been able to replace metal components with paper ones and increase the battery performance and reduce environmental impact.
Originally from Saint John, it was an NBIF Start-Up Grant that helped Dr Dyker relocate from the University of California at Riverside.